Hair of Gold

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
With her father slain and the family’s future in her hands, Valys joins her uncle’s treasure-hunting expedition, disguising herself as a boy to face dangers and hardships in the company of grown men. The trek is fraught with menace, and at the treasure-hoard the crew mutiny and kidnap her to hold for ransom---but her uncle calls their bluff and refuses to pay. And then they discover her sex. More

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Words: 64,410
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452422923
About Dai Alanye

No superheroes nor anything supernatural (thus far, at least.) Expect merely ordinary people - you and me, as it were - caught up in extraordinary circumstances. Plots are character-driven, and the characters themselves are complex and often contradictory.
I aim to appeal to the reader who has an ample sense of humor and an appreciation for irony. You can expect adventure and romance, but graphic violence and sex are at a minimum - think PG or PG-13 at most - and suitable for mature youths as well as adults.

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Review by: Morris Kenyon on Jan. 22, 2013 :
The plot is like a futuristic Treasure Island with a group of men from a lost colony world setting out to find a crashed spaceship with its cargo of high-tech goods which they think will make their fortune. The heroine, Valys, disguises herself as a boy so she can take part in the expedition - which leads to trouble with the mutineers. The book is very well written, fast paced and held my interest throughout - which not all books do. The trek through the desert with the deadly mountain bears following the party was particularly exciting. Also, I liked the way Alanye uses a slightly old-fashioned writing style to capture the backwardness of their world. Dai Alanye is a formidable writer.
(review of free book)

Review by: Lynn Clayton on Oct. 07, 2012 :
Literally 'Treasure Island' on another planet - the crashed spaceship 'Arrow of Time' with its cargo of valuable circuits is the treasure hunters' goal - this is an exciting, humorous book with wonderful descriptions of outlandish scenery.
Valys with her hair of gold dresses as a boy to take part in the expedition and gives rise to some comic scenes, not least when nature calls amongst a band of ruffians smelling little better than donkeys. But she's a gutsy, attractive character, if vain of her hair, who finds her hero at the end.
The dialogue is excellent and has an authentic eighteenth century feel and the passages where the hunters are stalked by vicious and sinister bears are thrilling.
Highly recommended.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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